CNY Boat Show canceled again: There just aren’t enough boats

Mid-February’s central New York boat show was again canceled due to supply chain backlogs that left the industry without enough boats to go around.

The Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York typically fills two warehouses at the New York State Fairgrounds with 300 to 500 of the newest models of boats, watercraft and docks. But this year, the approximately 35 participating dealers could not collect enough models for a good presentation. The fall 2021 show was canceled for the same reason.

“Since the pandemic took hold, there’s been pretty good demand,” said boat show manager Drew Wickham, “and the pandemic has slowed production. So in between, it’s created a bit a supply problem.

The pandemic has suspended components such as windshields, seat cushion foam and motors, Wickham said, leaving the boats set back and partially completed.

“Bummer, huh? said Wickham. “If you have people who want to buy your product and you can’t get it, it’s extremely frustrating. And that’s frustrating for buyers.

The show is expected to return in 2023 if all goes according to plan, Wickham said, but for now the supply chain is holding back sales of boats, like cars and many other products.

For anyone considering the latest catamaran, be prepared to wait, Wickham said.

“If you’re looking to buy, you should go there.”


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